Top 5 Destinations to Visit During a Recession

Around the World, Budget, Top 5/10 Lists — By Nicole Lerner on December 8, 2008 at 9:24 am

It’s official: the US is in a recession.  Last month TIME posted a story on the 5 best places to travel during a recession.  The staff at TIME is spot on; consumers need a vacation from all of the talk of the impending doom.  And what better place to travel than where you get more bang for your buck?

TIME proclaims Iceland, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and South Korea as their top five.  At NileGuide,  you can find great information and planning tools for many of these destinations on our site!  Plan a trip to Canada with Nile’s coverage of Calgary, the Canadian Rockies, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto or Vancouver; Australia with Nile’s coverage of Melbourne and Sydney; and Great Britain with Nile’s coverage of London.

We think the editors at TIME missed a few great suggestions though, and we’d like to add a few to the list:

  1. Argentina – Get a taste of Europe for a fraction of the cost in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, trek through the expansive landscapes of Patagonia, and sip Malbec in the vineyards of Mendoza.  With the roughly 3:1 Peso – US Dollar exchange rate, it’s easy to live large in Argentina.
  2. New Zealand – Learn the history of Maori culture, catch a glimpse of the elusive kiwi bird, and participate in one of hundreds of outdoor activities (from biking to surfing to zorbing).  Live it up in Auckland with a 2:1 NZ Dollar – US Dollar exchange rate.
  3. Turkey – Experience the bright colors, flavors and fragrances of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar, admire the minarets of the Blue Mosque, and explore archaeological sites and beaches on the Aegean coast at 1.6 New Turkish Liras to the US Dollar.
  4. South Africa – Take in breathtaking views of Capetown from the famous Table Mountain, sample award-winning Reisling and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Cape Winelands, and enjoy fresh seafood from both the Indian and Atlantic on 10 Rands to the US Dollar.
  5. Brazil – Party enthusiasts can check off Carnival in the streets of Rio de Janeiro from their must-do lists. Dance the Samba or soak up the sun on one of the beaches of Brazil’s 4,000+ mile coastline. Nothing beats the price of an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue at 2+ Reais to the US Dollar.
Tags: Argentina, Brazil, cheap travel, New Zealand, recession, South Africa, Turkey


  • Tyler says:

    Those all sound like amazing places to visit. I plan on hitting up South Africa in 2010 for the World Cup! I hope it’s still cheap to visit then.

  • Albert Hekesi says:

    Whilst visiting New Zealand and Australia extend your vacation to the Pacific Islands where its warm and carefree and safe. Recommend Niue Island where visiting you will get more for less. Its whale season at the moment until October November so don’t miss out as rooms are limited on Niue (less than 100 rooms on the whole island). Only 5000 visitors are allowed a year as number of visitors need to balance with the environment.

  • sandy says:

    that’s a good information!!i love south africa!!ill plan to visit it!

  • Kenton Fannin says:

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  • Marlon Desselle says:

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